Interdisciplinary modelling in the primary mathematics curriculum
English, Lyn D. (2007) Interdisciplinary modelling in the primary mathematics curriculum. In Watson, Jane & Beswick, Kim (Eds.) Mathematics: Essential research, essential practice, Mathematics Education Research Group of Australia (MERGA), Hobart, pp. 275-284.
This paper examines one approach to promoting creative and flexible use of mathematical ideas within an interdisciplinary context in the primary curriculum, namely, through modelling. Three classes of 5th-grade children worked on a modelling problem (Australia’s settlement) situated within the curriculum domains of science and studies of society and environment. Reported here are the cycles of development displayed by one group of children as they worked the problem, together with the range of models created across the classes. Children developed mathematisation processes that extended beyond their regular curriculum, including identifying and prioritising key problem elements, exploring relationships among elements, quantifying qualitative data, ranking and aggregating data, and creating and working with weighted scores.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Additional Information:||The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the publisher’s web page (see hypertext link).|
|Keywords:||Interdisciplinary modelling, mathematical reasoning, primary school|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)|
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2007 MERGA|
|Copyright Statement:||Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.|
|Deposited On:||28 Nov 2007|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:35|
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